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Marco Antonio Rubio

    Marco Rubio is a Republican U.S. senator elected in 2010 to represent Florida. He defeated Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, an independent candidate, and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, a Democratic candidate, in an unusual three-way Senate race. Rubio previously served in the Florida House of Representatives, including two years as House Speaker.

    Marco Rubio was born in Miami on May 28, 1971, his parents both Cuban exiles. He graduated from the University of Florida and the University of Miami Law School. He and his wife, Jeanette Dousdebes-Rubio, live in West Miami with their four children.

    1. Marco Rubio not backing down on 2016 race

      State Roundup

      WASHINGTON — It's Marco Rubio's version of the Tom Petty anthem I Won't Back Down.

      Sen. Marco Rubio stands on the floor of the House Chamber before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address at the Capitol on Tuesday. In between media appearances around his book, Rubio has been scooping up campaign cash.
    2. PolitiFact: Fact-checking U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's new book

      State Roundup

      Sen. Marco Rubio's new book, American Dreams, makes its appearance at a fascinating moment for the Republican Party. The GOP has just taken control of both chambers of Congress, and candidates like Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are signaling their intentions for 2016 presidential runs.

      “If (low-income) people work and make more money, they lose more in benefits than they would earn in salary,” Sen. Marco Rubio writes in his new book, a claim that turns out to be Mostly False.
    3. Sen. Marco Rubio charts conservative solutions to vexing problems in 'American Dreams'

      State Roundup

      WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio wastes no time in his new book, American Dreams, going after Hillary Rodham Clinton.

      ALEX LEARY    |   Times 
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio talks with Florida reporters in his Washington office on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.
    4. Adam C. Smith: 12 things to watch in Florida politics in 2015

      State Roundup

      Rick Scott and Barack Obama are entering lame-duck status, Charlie Crist is going back to doing whatever he does in the private sector, and even Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn faces no challenger for re-election in 2015. • If you think we'll see a lull in Florida or national politics this new year, however, think again. …

      STEVE MADDEN | Times
    5. PolitiFact: Why most Cubans don't have Internet (w/video)


      There's a good chance most Cubans won't be able to read this article. And the reason why — lack of Internet access — is a point of contention between President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

      Students stand outside a building to find an Internet signal for their phones in Havana, Cuba. In programs revealed by the Associated Press, USAID secretly created a primitive social media program called ZunZuneo.
    6. PolitiFact Florida: Rubio largely right that Cuba promised no democratic reforms


      Sen. Marco Rubio has taken the lead opposing President Barack Obama's overhaul of U.S.-Cuba relations. His main complaint: The United States isn't getting enough out of the deal, especially when it comes to democratic reforms.

      Sen. Marco Rubio on Cuba: “The White House has conceded everything and gained little.”
    7. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul fight over Cuba in 2016 preview (w/video)

      State Roundup

      WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio hit first.

      Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
    8. If Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio both run for president, Florida loyalty belongs to Bush

      State Roundup

      Marco Rubio has a big Jeb Bush problem.

      More than a decade after Bush helped cultivate Rubio as a star in the Florida Legislature — literally giving him a sword as a symbol of maintaining the conservative flame — the two are on an awkward collision course over running for president in 2016.

      In 2005, Gov. Jeb Bush presented a sword to Marco Rubio during ceremonies in Tallahassee designating Rubio as the next speaker of the state House. The sword was to signify that Rubio was a “great conservative warrior.”
    9. Sen. Marco Rubio takes aggressive turn as face of opposition to President Obama's Cuba decision


      WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama dropped the bombshell about Cuba on Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio was hurrying to the Capitol where a packed room of reporters awaited.

      Sen. Marco Rubio reacts to President Barack Obama's announcement about revising policies on U.S.-Cuba relations on Dec. 17, 2014, in Washington. Rubio called the president a bad negotiator and criticized what he claimed was a deal with no democratic advances for Cuba. [Getty Images]
    10. PolitiFact Florida: Rubio misses full picture in saying committee didn't interview CIA


      Sen. Marco Rubio called it "reckless and irresponsible": the public release of a Senate committee report detailing past examples of alleged torture by the CIA. Rubio argued it could endanger lives of Americans overseas, incite violence and create problems for our allies.

      Sen. Marco Rubio called the report reckless and irresponsible.